Paths Not Taken: Speculations on American Foreign Policy and Diplomatic History, Interests, Ideals, and Power


In America's foreign affairs there has been a delicate balance between often conflicting imperatives of interests, ideals, and power. How these imperatives have interacted to shape the constellation of American foreign policy decisions throughout the nation's history and, indeed, how they have served to advance or subvert attainment of America's regional, hemispheric and global ambitions, is the subject of this study. This collection of essays explores seminal decisions in American foreign policy and diplomatic history, from the early National period to the Vietnam War, each of which proved to be a turning point, and then asks readers to consider alternative futures based upon different courses of action. Nielson underscores how history could, and perhaps should, have been different.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Jonathan M. Nielson
  • Alexander Deconde
  • B. J. C. McKercher
  • Kyle Longley
  • Antonio Donno
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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